The Nationals, in search of bullpen help, have checked in on free agent reliever Casey Janssen and others, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The club recently traded long-time reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, and appear to be ready to rely on Drew Storen as their closer in 2015.
Janssen, 33, began the 2014 season on the disabled list with a back injury. He made his season debut for the Blue Jays on May 12 and pitched well through the All-Star break, compiling a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings. In the second half, however, he struggled, posting a 6.46 ERA in 23 2/3 innings. According to FanGraphs, the right-hander lost velocity on all of his pitches, including about one MPH on his fastball.